Saturday, September 22, 2012


Yes, there's a house.
And What A House!
On West 10th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House was built in 1836, and remodeled by the architect Stanford White, who joined the three-story house on the front of the lot to the rear house with a one-story addition. Fireplaces in the main room of the rear structure are said to be some of Stanford White's first New York work.
It was once owned by Jackie Onassis.
24 stunning black-and-white portraits by Nancy Crampton, are displayed throughout the house capturing such luminaries as John Ashbery, W. H. Auden, James Baldwin, Saul Bellow, Gwendolyn Brooks, E. L. Doctorow, Ralph Ellison, Galway Kinnell, Stanley Kunitz, Norman Mailer, Philip Roth, Anne Sexton, Kurt Vonnegut, and many others. 
See the place for yourself
The Rona Jaffe Foundation provides support to women writers 
in the early stages of their careers.
 September 21, 2012
Julia Elliott, Christina Nichol, Lauren Goodwin Slaughter, Rachel Swearingen, Kim Tingley, and Inara Verzemnieks  So much interesting work being done!  We only got parts, but they were inspiring.  In fact, Kim Tingley was reading from her thesis, and I can hardly wait for it to be published.
Afterward, there was wine and lemonade,
and a literate young man whose tattoos are
Kurt Vonnegut quotes:

 "Everything was  beautiful and nothing hurt"
"Goodbye blue Monday"
I've loved Vonnegut since the early sixties, and wish he was
still around to greet each new crop of humans with:
“Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies — ‘God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.’ ”-(from "God Bless You Mr. Goldwater")
Next week
Zadie Smith

reads from her new novel
Here's a Review
by NPR's Maureen Corrigan.

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